(CNN) — According to the National Hurricane Center, Category 4 Hurricane Orlean is rapidly intensifying and moving toward western Mexico, where it could cause deadly flooding.
The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (209 km/h), was moving to the north at 7 mph (11 km/h) on Sunday morning, about 175 miles from the Marias Islands. (282 km) was to the south. , Mexico, said Center. Las Islas Marias, an archipelago about 97 km (60 miles) from the mainland, is expected to hit hurricane status on Sunday night.
According to Mexico’s CONAGUA agency, Orlin is forecast to hit the coast of mainland Mexico late Monday or later that day, making landfall south of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, where life-threatening flooding is a concern. subject is.
Orlean’s sustained wind speed increased from Saturday night when the storm reached Category 2 intensity.
“Additional strengthening is forecast through this morning, followed by weakening and continuing through landfall later today,” the Hurricane Center said early Sunday.
Orlene is forecast to produce heavy rain, storm surges and landslides off the coast of western Mexico. The forecast also calls for the region to experience 3 to 5 inches (76 to 127 mm) of rain, with local amounts up to 10 inches (254 mm).
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of mainland Mexico from Islas Marías and from San Blas to Mazatlán. A hurricane warning is in effect along the coast of mainland Mexico from Playa Perula to San Blas and from Mazatlán to Bahia Tempehuaya, including the city of Puerto Vallarta.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of mainland Mexico from Playa Perula to San Blas. For its part, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the coast of continental Mexico from Manzanillo to Playa Perula.
Residents in the path of the storm are advised to exercise extreme caution due to the potential for life-threatening flooding, winds and rip currents.
Orlene is moving toward Mexico just weeks after the hurricane made landfall along the west coast of the central Baja California peninsula as a Category 1 hurricane.